Wheels For The World

FedEx Freight Supports in Transporting Wheelchairs

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 23, 2016
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FedEx Freight Supports Joni and Friends in Transporting WheelchairsFedEx Freight is working with Joni and Friends International Disability Center to transport used wheelchairs from local collection sites to correctional facilities where they are restored. Since the beginning of the year, FedEx Freight has transported 1,734 wheelchairs to locations throughout the country for restoration. Joni and Friends then uses container ships to deliver newly reconstructed wheelchairs to countries such as China, Cuba, Ghana, India and Thailand. In these countries, volunteers of Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World outreach ministry fit each wheelchair to the recipient’s individual needs and provide training in its use and upkeep. Joni and Friends collects more than 10,000 wheelchairs each year...

We Need You!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 14, 2016
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  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

We Need You: National Volunteer Week
It’s National Volunteer Week! At Joni and Friends, volunteers are at the heart and soul of all we do together to provide help and hope to people living with disability. They are lovers of Jesus, hard workers, people of prayer, and true visionaries – they understand that their contributions have a huge impact on people with disabilities and their families. If you’d like to get involved, we invite you to celebrate National Volunteer Week by signing up to serve at Family Retreat, International Family...

Hope Overflowing: 100,000 Wheelchairs by 2020

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 20, 2016
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Ebenezer receiving a wheelchair from Wheels for the World in GhanaLast February, we announced our groundbreaking Wheels for the World initiative: Hope Overflowing 100,000 by 2020. We are pleased to announce that we are on track to reach our 2016 goal of 14,500 wheel­chairs. Yes, the Lord has helped us! That is why we have every reason to rejoice and move out courageously, knowing He will help us as we work to deliver 100,000 wheelchairs by the year 2020! This is a huge goal, a God-sized vision! We have put our faith in the Lord that together, we’ll provide 14,500 wheelchairs to people with disabilities this year. With each wheelchair, we’ll share the Gospel message that turns hopelessness to hope over­flowing. But the need is great. There are thousands of little children and adults in developing countries that need a wheelchair and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ that brings hope to those in despair. We hear them. We see them. You can help today!

Live It Out Contest Winners

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 3, 2016
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Ebenezer receiving the 100,000 wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldLast fall, to kick off our online campaign: Live It Out: 100,000 by 2020, we invited you to join our Live It Out Contest and help send more wheelchairs to kids living with disability all over the world through your personal campaign page. Congratulations to our top three 2015 fundraisers who each received a gift basket ($100 in value)!

Marie Morris (Bondurant, IA) $1,750
Carla Walendowsky (San Diego, CA) $720
Michael Hansen (Fort Worth, TX) $530

If you’d like to start a fundraising effort and live out your faith, follow these simple steps:
1. Visit the Live It Out campaign page.
2. Start your fundraising effort with a personal...

Your Prayers Gave the Greatest Gift of All

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 29, 2016
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Emmanuel receiving a restored wheelchair form Joni and FriendsThousands of children with disabilities in developing countries like Romania, urgently need kid sized wheelchairs, yet they are in critically short supply and very expensive. Wheelchairs sometimes cost up to a year’s salary, which most families with special needs children cannot afford. Recently our Joni and Friends Wheels for the World team met 9-year-old Emmanuel at our wheelchair distribution. Your support and prayers gave Emmanuel a Bible in his own language and a beautiful Joni and Friends restored wheelchair perfect for his needs. His mother shared with us that as she watched our volunteer physical therapist work on her son’s wheelchair, she was deeply moved. “You care so much about every detail—I’ve never seen anyone care about my son to this degree. This kind of care can only come from God. Only God loves like this.” Thanks to your partnership and prayers, God came close to Emmanuel and his family that day...

Why Give a Wheelchair?

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 22, 2016
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8-year-old Andrea in her new pediatric wheelchiar, with her parentsTo declare the Gospel and to demonstrate Jesus’ love. Eight-year-old Andrea was born with cerebral palsy. Abandoned by her parents when she was just 5 months old, Andrea was raised by her grandparents. They worry about her future and work hard to provide for all her needs but struggle to make ends meet. Andrea needs a wheelchair but her grandparents will never be able to afford one. They leave her on the floor alone when they go to work in the cornfields for a couple hours. “There is no one to look after her and we worry very much,” Andrea’s grandfather told us. But everything changed at a recent Wheels for the World distribution in Guatemala. Andrea received a brand-new Joni and Friends pediatric wheelchair that fit her perfectly. It is a gift that will bring her into the light and sunshine once again and display the love God has for her. She will now be able to...

You’re Changing Hearts and Lives in Cuba 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 9, 2016
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Javier with his motherIn Cuba, 9-year-old Javier and his mother came to a recent Joni and Friends Wheels for the World outreach in need of a wheelchair and left with much more. Wheelchairs are very expensive and difficult to get. As a wheelchair for Javier was custom fit for his body by our volunteer physical therapist, Javier smiled and told us, “I’m very happy you’re giving me a wheelchair… I feel so special!” As Javier’s mother watched, she was filled with joy for her son. “This wheelchair is a gift from your Heavenly Father,” we told her. Immediately she crumbled in tears. “I am so alone… there is no one I can turn to.” Maria and Javier heard the Gospel and were introduced to a pastor. A connection was made with a local church and Javier and his mom will now have a Christian community to support them and show them the love of Christ. Your gifts of a...

You Send the Message of Christ with Every Wheelchair

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 28, 2016
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Seraphina in her new wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldWhen you send a Bible and a wheelchair overseas to a child with a disability, the spiritual impact is life-changing for every member of the family! Recently, Seraphina brought her daughter Monica to receive a wheelchair at our Wheels for the World distribution. Feeling hopeless and exhausted, Seraphina knew she could never afford a wheelchair for her daughter. Their poverty was too great the owning a wheelchair seemed like an impossible dream. That afternoon, she watched as our team of physical therapists and mechanics tenderly and perfectly fit Monica to her very own pediatric wheelchair. The Gospel was shared by a local pastor and both mother and daughter eagerly prayed to receive Christ into their lives. “God has done great things for us; he has made us new today,” said Seraphina. “He used my child’s disability to bring us to Jesus.” Your gifts and prayer made it possible for one girl’s disability, one wheelchair and the Gospel to bring...

God Uses Your Faith to Bring a Family to Jesus

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 19, 2016
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Maydalis and her family in CubaEach time you step out in faith, God uses your obedience and prayers to transform lives, like 7-year-old Maydalis from Cuba. She was born with a disability and is unable to walk. Her parents Yolanda and Anastasio take care of her every need but they don’t have enough money to buy a wheelchair for her. They’re just too expensive and can sometimes cost up to a year’s salary! Maydalis and her parents came to our Wheels for the World outreach, and that day, your faithful prayers yielded fruit. They were shown love and care as our Wheels team brought a brand new pediatric wheelchair for Maydalis. Her parents could scarcely believe what they were seeing. Questions filled their minds… who would love someone they never met? Who would come so far, across barriers and boundaries to give this wheelchair to a poor family like theirs? Their...

When You Change a Child's Life with God's Love, You Change the World!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 28, 2015
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Patricia getting fitted for her wheelchairPatricia sitting in her new wheelchair
In a developing nation, how does a little child with a disability come to know Jesus? How does she press past isolation and poverty? It happens when you send a wheelchair and a Bible … life-changing gifts that open the door for sharing the message of Jesus Christ. Let us show you step-by-step how it happens at a Wheels for the World distribution. Meet 10-year-old Patricia, who lives with her mother in Ghana, West Africa…

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